Give me tomorrow – West Galleries

Give me tomorrow presents contemporary Ukrainian video art that translates trauma into creativity, salvation, medicine and the way to the future: artists demanding a future for themselves and for all Ukrainians through their work. With Piotr Armianovski, Andrii Dostliev and Lia Dostlieva, Zoia Laktionova, Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei, Mariia Proshkovska and Maria Stoianova. This series of videos will be shown on screens in the MAG atrium, just outside the gallery entrance.

This is the second exhibition organized by the Shcherbenko Art Center with this title – the second exhibition where works that respond to Russia’s crimes in Ukraine are collected. The first was in 2014, following the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. At the time, the project’s curator, Maryna Shcherbenko, wrote: “Young artists subtly feel the pulse of social life, as they are aware of their purpose to change, awaken and create. And today we present their works, which depict our emotions, our thoughts and our impulses that we sometimes have difficulty coping with.

Ukrainian artists gather strength and do their work, transforming trauma into creativity, or seeking salvation, medicine, reason and purpose to move forward in their creative endeavours. Some of them now believe that their art is powerless against bombardments and explosions. Now more than ever, however, there is a need for such work, sincerely and openly created. The artists presented here lived through the war, became its victims, escaped from it, worked as volunteers or witnessed traumatic events. The video works featured in the exhibition were created either during the war in eastern Ukraine that has been raging since 2014, or since Russia’s large-scale military operation that began in February 2022. And, unlike the images taken by photojournalists, their work is not scary. On the contrary, their works affirm their right to a tomorrow.

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